Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Fakarava, Tuamotu - Episode 21 - Eco Sailing Project

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The round-the-world sailing tour

Without fuel!

By Martin,



And Bérenger

What a good idea,

in Tabernacle

Its the end of our Marquesian journey,

but were leaving tomorrow

for the Tuamotu archipelago!

What is it? What is it?

Food, food!

Here is a tuna!

As we dont have fridge

we need to use old methods:


and drying of the fish.

Anyway, I guarantee there is no bone in this filet, 100%

like Findus.

Hello Bérenger!

Where are we now?

Were reaching Fakarava.

A lost atoll of the Tuamotu archipelago,

Early arrival: its 8 AM.

Its lost but we found it.

After a tough night with many squalls.

There is squalls everywhere around us.

Were currently at the entrance

of Fakaravas lagoon.

Its very strange,

there are waves, big waves.

Were getting in.

Are you sure its here?

Were gonna get shaken up!

It's rodeo!

It's rodeo!

All right François? Serene?

We have to hang on well.

We enter in the atoll of Fakarava

by its northern channel.

Once inside,

the coral reef protects us from the swell of the open sea,

its calm and flat!

We anchored close to some islets.

Our neighbor is the famous sailor Laurent Bourgnon

with who we sympathize.

Darwin was the first to assume that

atolls were former volcanic structures.


He understood that,

with the whims of the earths crust,

volcano could arise from the ocean depths.

and that a coral reef would develop around it.

This volcano, subject to erosion and subsidence,

then sinks while

the coral keeps growing

and stays up.

The space between the volcano and this coral

ring is the lagoon.

Six million years after its emersion,

the central island disappears totally under waters

and only stays the coral reef,

an atoll is born.

Its now time for us to have a good walk

after few days at sea.

Were now

walking on a coral's cemetery

that has grown on the volcano.

The coral ring shows what was

the exact perimeter of the former volcano.

Many passages allow the ocean

to fill the lagoon.

There are its indispensable lungs,

constantly renewing and oxygenating the inside water they make life possible in the lagoon.

Farther we discover a little boatyard that aims to

« revive local sailboats in our Polynesian lagoons,

to simply teach again to kids

how to sail with pirogues

because nowadays boat like this dont exist anymore.

Hoping that other atolls

or even private persons

will think its a good idea

Motor boats are great

but if there are also sailing boats its much better. »

Here we are,

its been four days of drying.

Today we have a nice raw fish.

I show it to you.

And then you take a good bite.


Ah there is a worm inside,

Wait, give it to the sharks.

Yes give it to them.

Lunch time!

Were surrounded by sharks.

Bye I love you.

The shark left so fast

They are coming back, be careful!

Faster, they are following you!

Were heading to the huge pass of Fakarava,

the trachea of the lagoon.

The boat takes us to the exterior of the reef

when the tide is coming in.

Lets start a fabulous dive.

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